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February 2011

HERTA HIRNIAK

Herta Hirniak of Glen Spey, NY passed away Tuesday February 1, 2011 at the Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, NY. She was 84.

Herta was born in Germany on July 26, 1926, the daughter of the late Walter and Elsie Kolonko Pautsch.

Herta came to the United States in 1949 with her husband, Bohdan Hirniak, who predeceased her.  Read more

BARBARA C. DONALD

Barbara C. Doland of Seneca Falls, NY, died Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Geneva General Hospital, Geneva, NY. She was 65.

Barbara was born in Liberty, NY on June 7, 1945, the daughter of the late Victor C. and Mary L. White Ackerly. She worked for a time for the Yaun Co. of Liberty. She moved to Seneca Falls in 1993 and was a member of Varick United Methodist Church, Town of Varick, NY.  Read more

Snow Days

The amaryllis bulb from Christmas is beginning to bloom, bringing a little brightness and green to my windowsill, but outside the snow is coming down fast. John and Sam are out shoveling and we are in the middle of a predicted three-day storm that has extended the three-day weekend from school that my kids already had to four days—and counting.  Read more

Arbitrary and capricious

At the public comment portion of the UDC meeting on February 3, Barbara Arrindell of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) asked Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) representative Clarke Rupert whether the agency considers public comments on proposed rulemakings to be “just an annoyance,” or whether it actually takes them into account in its final decisions. She cited the example of the Stone Energy water withdrawal, in which the preponderance of public comment was opposed, but the agency permitted the withdrawal anyway.  Read more

Hinchey praises Job Corps

Jonathan Jiminez, a young man who grew up in Yonkers, told the audience that his life had been completely turned around by the Delaware Valley Job Corps (DVJC). Where he was once a high school drop-out without seeing much of a future ahead, he now has a job with a local contractor, is studying design and has his sights set on becoming an architect.

It is just the sort of story that the national Job Corps was created to foster. Founded in the 1960s, the corps is a national program that gives young people between the ages of 16 and 24 a free education and career preparation counseling.  Read more

Gas at a glance

Diesel fuel-laced frack fluids pumped underground  Read more

Groups file lawsuit against DRBC

Two conservation groups have joined forces in filing a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).
In December, when Newfield Appalachia PA, LLC and Hess Corporation voluntarily agreed to submit their grandfathered exploratory gas wells in Wayne County to review by the DRBC, the commission assumed that would be the end of the matter. Therefore, the DRBC cancelled the scheduled hearing regarding the wells.  Read more

Opposition to sprinkler law

The unpopular new law imposing strict regulations on the inclusion of sprinkler systems in all new Pennsylvania one-family and two-family homes is being widely opposed by builders, home owners and local officials, which is not news.
What is news is that state elected officials are now joining the chorus of opponents.

At a recent meeting of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, state representative Michael Peifer said, “We’re going to overturn it,” to a chorus of cheering business people.  Read more

Pike board accepts new library design

Members of McGoey, Hauser and Edsall (MHE) consulting engineering firm presented their design of the newly proposed Pike County library building at the February 7 meeting of the new library board.

The library board approved the design and launched a major fund-raising campaign to supplement the $2.5 million in construction funds already on hand.

“This is just for the building,” said Michael J. Lamoreaux, MHE associate. “There is no money for any landscaping. We are not going to surround the building with gravel but will landscape it minimally.”  Read more

The ghost of NYRI

REGION — Remember National Interest Electricity Transmission Corridors (NIETC)? Five years ago, when New York Regional Interconnection (NYRI) was trying to build a high-voltage power line through Sullivan County and eight other New York counties, the designation of a particular area as an NIETC opened the door for the possibility of the federal government being able to supersede state governments in some instances on the siting of power lines.  Read more